Russian! And Ducks, Sharks, and Moose

by Chelsea

We here at SHR had had our fingers crossed for the St Louis Blues. They were the only team that stood between our California rivals and us. It was up to them to deflate these teams a bit before we got there. Instead, they lost to both, and injured Shark goaltender Evgeni Nabokov in the process. 

The official word is: “Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov is day-to-day with a lower body injury.” In watching last night’s shootout, you can tell that it’s a leg injury. Word on the Andrew’s Forums suggests that he may have hyperextended something, pulled a groin muscle, or twisted his knee. 

Either way, I’m concerned. Because hopefully he’s not hurt too bad, but also because this backup goalie Boucher has two shutouts in two games. And because we liked facing Nabokov because we got to make chicken jokes all night. Feel better soon, Na”bawk!”ov. 

As previously mentioned, the Blues also lost to the Anaheim Ducks, who now have “DUCKS OUT FOR REVENGE” stapled across their opening page and have not lost a game in regulation since Oct 19. The game kicks off at 9:00 CT. Now, I know that the Stars have more than enough skill to beat the Ducks, but I’m not sure that they’ll match that level of hunger. If they can, it’ll be a heck of a game. 

Robidas, Ribeiro, and Turco have all been good against the Ducks in the past. Robidas had 2 games in 07-08 as the first game star with 1 game winning goal, and Ribeiro had 2 game winning goals that season. Turco was 4-2-1. We knocked them out of the playoffs in the first round. There’s a lot on the line here, but from a perspective without vested interest, we’ll be seeing what that week off did for the Stars and possibly whether or not this slump is permanent. 

In a much colder part of North America, our lovely James Neal and Mark Fistric wll also be playing a game tonight, with the Manitoba Moose. The Moose are on an 8-game winning streak and hope to extended it with a win against the Toronto Marlies. Stars prospects Raymond Sawada (5 assists in 10 games), Trevor Ludwig (+6 in 6 games), and Maxime Fortunus (+7 in 10 games) are all Moose as well. Best of luck to all of them tonight.

Edit:

The Dallas Stars announced today that the hockey club has activated defenseman Sergei Zubov from the injured reserve list. Zubov is expected to be in the line-up for tonight’s game at Anaheim.

That’s right. Mighty Russian returns!

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One Comment to “Russian! And Ducks, Sharks, and Moose”

  1. I’ll be there Saturday and will give you a report from the road. They were hugely better tonight (w00t!), and the Sharks may be due for a loss at home (they’ve won them all so far this season). Nabokov won’t play, but the back-up Boucher has two shut-outs in his only two games this season. Who knows….

    I remember in the old days when my favorite player played my favorite team I’d pulled for a tie. Since that isn’t possible anymore, I now try to tell myself that its a win-win situation: whoever wins is good. This one will be hard though. I’d hate to see the winning streak end for my Sharks, but boy does Dallas need some momentum.

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